Nov 14, 2012 2:00pm EST
. senator john mccain and senator lindsey graham both said today that they want to have water gate style hearings on the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi and said that if you nominate susan rice to be secretary of state they will do everything in their power to block her nomination. as senator graham said, he simply doesn't trust ambassador rice about what she said about benghazi. would those threats deter you from making a nomination? >> first, i'm not going to comment on various nominations that i'll put forward to fill out my cabinet for the second term. those are things that are still being discussed. but let me say specifically about susan rice. she has done exemplary work she has represented the united states and our interests in the united nations with skill and professionalism and toughness and grace. as i've said before, she made an appearance at the request of the white house in which she gave her best understanding of the intelligence that had been provided to her. if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me.
Nov 14, 2012 1:00pm EST
sign. this is not historically been a partisan issue. we've had president bush and john mccain and others who have supported comprehensive immigration reform in the past so we need to seize the moment. and my expectation is that we get a bill introduced and we begin the process in congress very soon after my inauguration and in fact some conversations i think are already beginning to take place among senators and congressmen and my staff about what would this look like. when i say comprehensive immigration reform, it is very similar to the outlines of previous efforts at comprehensive immigration reform. i think it should include a continuation of the strong border security measures that we've taken because we had to secure our borders. i think it should contain serious penalties for companies that are purposely hiring undocumented workers and taking advantage of them, and i do think that there should be a pathway for legal status for those who are living in this country, are not engaged in criminal activity, are here simply to work. it's important for them to pay back taxes, it's
Nov 12, 2012 9:00am EST
that actually mitt got 2 million less votes than john mccain. which no one would have thought. the election wasn't all that close. >> turnout was obviously different than '08. your point is well taken. we're looking at a picture of grover. we had over the weekend bill kristol, another influential voice on the gop said say on fox i don't understand why republicans just don't take the president's offer? are they really going to defend millionaires, half of whom voted democrat and half of whom live in hollywood? those are kristol's views. i wonder if you think the norquists of the world are getting marginalized here? >> i certainly hope so. he wasn't elected to anything. you can talk to wealthy people. no one wants to pay more taxes. but, believe me, we don't get out of bed in the morning and try to figure out what our tax rate is and decide whether we're going to go to work or not. we go to work because that's what we do. i also think democrats have to compromise on entitlements. i don't see why they can't raise the retirement age for people who are maybe younger than 40, medicare. e
Nov 12, 2012 7:00pm EST
about proposals that were made by president george w. bush. john mccain, jon kyl, i had senator kyl on the radio show thing weekend. this is something he support ad long time. others supported this. mitt romney wouldn't go near and it paid the price for it. >> i don't understand what mitt romney was doing because i don't think mitt romney was that conservative on these issues. i spoke to him on the immigration issue in january. i told him that he would immediate to reach out and seemed very open to ideas in this private conversation that we had. and then i saw the republican platform in tampa which was awful. it called for self deportation which is impractical and also immortal to uproot 10 million people and their families. we can't do that. and i think we immediate to outreach and the idea that i think some people have that this was a base election, the base was already energized. he didn't immediate to go to the far right on issues. he needed to talk about the jack kemp conservativeism and ronald reagan and larry kudlow conservatism of economic growth of prosperity of bringing peopl